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'One Child Nation' Illuminates One Horror, Reveals Another

Starting as a personal look at the damages wrought by decades of China's one-child policy, One Child Nation exposes a deeper, baser level of national corruption.

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Life in the Interzone in Old Shanghai

The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai and Flowers of Shanghai capture a William S. Borroughs-like Interzone in Old Shanghai.

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'Tharlo' Is a Slow-moving Allegory About Innocence lost

Pema Tseden's Tharlo presents an allegory of Tibet and China in the guise of a film noir story set in Thailand

Interviews

Bingham Prize Winner Jack Livings on Imagining China

Award-winning fiction writer Jack Livings discusses his new book, The Dog, and the importance of writing with moral purpose.

Visual Arts

Ai Weiwei on Truth, Beauty and Futility

According to What?, a retrospective of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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Anarchy in the PRC! 'Beijing Punk'

Tattoos, ragged skinny jeans, and Ramones t-shirts don’t comprise a sartorial image typical of the People’s Republic of China, but any politically repressive society is bound to breed misfits, and Shaun Jefford’s documentary illuminates this previously ignored niche of contemporary life in the Chinese capital.

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Waves of Grain: How World War II Created Our World

World War II changed the way we eat, live and work on such a fundamental scale that to those in the West it seems like there has never been anything other than the globalized world it created.

Travel

Standing at the Edge of a Cliff: China in Two Books

Like the scene in romantic movies where two lovers see each other from across a crowded room and begin running towards one another, culturally the US seems to be rushing towards China as fast as China is rushing towards the US.

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History as a Witness to Murder: 'Midnight in Peking'

Peking, on the edge of World War II, couldn't have been more fraught with tension. The brutal murder of a young Englishwoman was the proverbial match struck to this powder keg of a city.

Books

Barbarians Against Barbarians: Henry Kissinger's 'On China'

The diplomat believes he’s a skillful player, he believes he’s in control; but the game is much bigger than he is, and defines what he can and cannot do.

Visual Arts

No One Is Untouchable: Not Federico Garcia Lorca, Not Ai Weiwei

Governments tend to take on their worst form, to devolve to their most horrific manifestation, when they kill artists. Artists look out into the horrors of the world, and inevitably, the horrors sometimes reach back.

Music

Miwa Gemini: Fantastic Lies of Grizzly Rose

Grizzly Rose's lies may be fantastic, but Gemini's songwriting is terrific as well.

Matt Edsall
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Chinese Cinema Through a Communist Lens

Facets two-DVD package, Chinese Cinema Through a Communist Len, provides potent, if minimal, representations of an era of Chinese filmmaking rarely seen in the US.

Music

Various Artists: eXpo

A spotlight on the Chinese electronic music scene, just in time for the World Expo.

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The Linguists

The last Chemehuevi-speaking Indian drives a tractor for a living and is wearing a Caterpillar tractor hat and dark sunglasses, speaking the last utterances of a language that predates writing.

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P.K. 14 + Xiao He: 14.Nov.09 - Washington DC

P.K. 14 + Xiao He: 14 November 2009 - Govinda Gallery, Washington DC / Chinese punks storm the American Capitol / Words and Pictures by Mehan Jayasuriya

Books

Running Away by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Toussaint dives deep into how we stretch ourselves thin between places in our attempt to be with one another.

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Beijing Coma by Ma Jian

This book should be essential reading to students in Iran and across the world who need a manual on student activism.

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Mamer: Eagle

Mamer demystifies the experience of Chinese Central Asian music and keeps the beauty of the sound.

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China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province

At once intimate and devastating, China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province insists on tight framing of grieving faces.

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China blocks YouTube videos

Elise Ackerman
Music

Sa Dingding: Alive

Alive is exploratory yet ultimately gentle. It's more daring than most of China's mainstream croon-pop, but similarly unwilling to strike out at its audience.

Books

Brand New China by Jing Wang

Written like a college textbook and packaged like a novel, this book blurs the line between storytelling and statistical analysis, making for an interesting, complex read.

Rachel Smucker
Music

Martin Atkins China Dub Soundsystem: Made in China

In effect, Pigface has changed continents and absorbed a few dozen new members.

Music

Various: Add to Friends

Like a sweet little ant that you don't want to step on.

Books

Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Lisa See's Peony in Love about a lovelorn maiden disappoints as a novel but is a fascinating window on historical China.

Catherine Mallette
Books

The United States and Central America: Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility by Mark Rosenbe

Scholar says the cycle of neglect that marks U.S. policy toward Central America isn't likely to be broken soon.

Alejandra Labanca
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Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Peony brings to life the heartache of women in 17th century China.

Allen Pierleoni
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China Ghosts: My Daughters Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood by Jeff Gammage

Gammage's beautifully written memoir, which weaves together emotionally wrenching narrative with insightful social commentary, will resonate with any American who has taken the same journey.

Huntly Collins
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